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We all love chicken wings, especially when they’re blanketed in your favourite sweet or tangy sauce, the juices dribbling down your chin with every bite – causing you to stop and slurp the dripping sauce off your fingers before you take another huge bite. If you’re curious about the texture and familiar tenderness from the famous Wingstop restaurant then perhaps you’re also wondering whether they’re halal. Read on to find out!

What is Wingstop?

Wingstop is an American multinational chain of restaurants specialising in chicken wings. The interior design of these restaurants depicts the 1930s and 40s pre-jet aviation themes. The menu comprises of wings, boneless wings and chicken tenders with a delicious variety of dips and sides. In the USA the popular flavours include:

  • Hawaiian
  • Garlic Parmesan
  • Lemon Pepper
  • Mild
  • Original Hot
  • Hickory Smoked BBQ
  • Atomic
  • Mango Habanero
  • Cajun
  • Louisiana Rub
  • Spicy Korean Q

What Does Halal Mean?

Halal is an Arabic term that translates to “permissible” in English. Muslims are supposed to live their lives according to this concept, with implications of cleanliness, integrity, and self-restraint. For meat or chicken to be certified “halal” it must be cut in a certain way, with the name of God uttered before slaughtering the animal. Foods containing ingredients such as gelatine, enzymes, emulsifiers and flavours must be questioned, because the origin of these ingredients is unknown.

In the meat and poultry food industry, animals such as cows, veal, lamb, sheep, goats, turkeys, chickens, ducks, game birds, bison, venison, etc, are considered halal, as long as they are prepared according to the Islamic laws. Alcohol is strongly forbidden, so any type of food that is cooked or prepared with alcohol is not halal.

Is Wingstop Halal?

The wings served at Wingstop restaurant are halal certified in the USA, though it isn’t quite the same story for Wingstop in the UK. Although it has been claimed with assurity that the chicken wings at Wingstop in the UK are halal, they are not HMC approved. So if you’re a Muslim and want to eat a fat box of Wingstop wings, you might want to consider this. Within the USA various Wingstop restaurants that are spread out across the country have halal certified chicken by the Islamic Jurisprudence Institute.

Wingstop at La Habra

With a mission to serve the public with flavourful wings that burn your teeth and bring pleasant tingles to your tongue, there are more than 1,250 restaurants open across the United States, Mexico, Colombia, Panama, Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, UK and UAE. Simply hop onto the website of your local area and check out the amazing options. Choose from specials, to as many wings as you can imagine. I took a peak at the Wingstop restaurant in La Habra, and noticed that there is an option for 100 wings! If you’re planning to host a party with guests that gush at the delectable flavours that emanate from Wingstop wings, then you’d probably want to go for these.

Wingstop Wings

You’re aware of the delectable flavoursome wings that are available at Wingstop, but how would you know which of those are the best to eat? If you’re already a regular customer of Wingstop then you probably know which of the flavours to go for. But if you haven’t tried the seemingly limitless saucy flavours of the wings, you might want to be adventurous and try a flavour that particularly stands out to you. But for those who are a little reluctant on what they’re first chicken wing should be embalmed in, below is a list of saucy or dry wings, from most amazing to least:

  1. Hickory Smoked BBQ
  2. Louisiana Rub
  3. Garlic Parmesan
  4. Lemon Pepper
  5. Spicy Korean Q
  6. Hawaiian
  7. Original Hot
  8. Mild
  9. Plain
  10. Atomic
  11. Cajun
  12. Mango Habanero

1) Hickory Smoked BBQ

Some might choose to tread a little carefully around barbeque flavoured wings, because of the over-powering flavours that could essentially ruin the entire taste of the chicken wing. Especially since the sauce is the first thing your tongue touches before you sink your teeth into the tender chicken. This Hickory Smoked BBQ has been placed at the top of the list because of the perfected smoky flavours that wrap themselves perfectly around your tongue. With just the right amount of tanginess to finish it off, this flavour is by far the most decadent wings you could possibly start with.

2) Louisiana Rub

You might find some debate surrounding the Louisiana Rub flavoured wings, but in my opinion, it must be near the top of the list. These wings taste like the most flavourful fried chicken you have ever tasted. Drenched in a mixture of buttermilk, with garlic and Cajun seasonings, you’ll find your mouth glued to your fingers once you’ve finished every last bite, eager for some lingering flavours that are scattered on your fingertips. With just the right amount of spice that doesn’t leave you hissing in irritation, you’ll find yourself ordering another batch in no time.

3) Garlic Parmesan

You might find yourself feeling a tad hesitant before trying these garlic-parmesan rubbed chicken wings but let me tell you the flavours are terrific. These wings are blanketed in garlic, salt and flaky cheese, transforming this chicken wing into the equivalent flavours that you might find in garlic bread. Packed with garlic you might want to keep some fresh minty chewing gum nearby, because this will undoubtedly leave your breath smelling very garlicky!

4) Lemon Pepper

A dry rub like lemon pepper might not be everyone’s cup of tea. But we’re relying on the strengths of the potent flavours that are found at Wingstop, which forces us to try these seemingly odd flavoured chicken wings. This particular chicken wing is loaded with fresh lemony zest, with just a pinch of black pepper, to make it slightly spicy. With bold flavours that come together to form a delectable chicken wing, we can understand why it happens to be a popular choice on the menu – though you might find the salt can be a tad overpowering.

5) Spicy Korean Q

Spicy Korean Q is quite possibly the most underrated flavour on the Wingstop menu, though it might not appear to be appreciated by everyone, it’s still quite enjoyable to those who appreciate the savoury garlic kicks. An ever-growing heat that tickles your tongue when you’ve taken the first bite, followed by the second, and third, where you find the tip of your nose has pinkened, as you swallow with a satisfying gulp.

6) Hawaiian

To be honest, wings don’t require excessive spice to achieve their tantalising taste, in fact Wingstop happens to exceed expectations when they gravitate away from the classics. Hawaiian flavoured wings provide a slight citrusy flavour – not quite orange – but tangy nonetheless. You might find the flavours become more familiar after you’ve eaten a few pieces.

7) Original Hot

Original Hot is pretty much ta combination of mild flavours that have been dialled up just enough to create the perfectly classic hot wing. With its potent buffalo-like taste, and enough spice to make you frantically reach for your fizzy drink, but not enough to have you retreat. Though I must say it tastes absolutely impeccable when paired with a creamy dipping sauce.

8) Mild

A classic vinegary hot sauce without the excessive spiciness, might be a choice you’d go for if you wanted to test out the taste of a mild wing at Wingstop, then this is the one for you. With delicate heat, making them super easy to engulf, but you might find that the spiciness is barely there in these wings.

9) Plain

There isn’t much I can say about these wings and their flavour, because they are just so plain. If you were to try the boneless version of this wing, it’ll taste like a boring old chicken nugget. With salty flavours combined with crisp textures, and even though there’s nothing wrong with having a little bit of plainness to your wings, it’s nothing special either. However, if you’re quite picky, and come to Wingstop for the spice, you wouldn’t want to go plain.

10) Atomic

As much as it would pain the spicy wing lovers to see that these wings have been placed at number 10. Although the first couple of bites are really good, the overpowering spiciness becomes a little hard to handle. Especially when you can’t detect other flavours amongst the heat, that leaves an aggressive aftertaste. When chicken wings are dunked into a red fiery sauce consisting of crushed red pepper and peppercorns, the intensive heat builds up rapidly, making it difficult to continue feasting on them. If you’ve arrived at Wingstop purely for the excessively spicy Atomic wings, then go for it!

11) Cajun

Wingstop serves wings coated in sauces, as well as dried varieties, but the Cajun flavoured wings aren’t as amazing as one would hope. While the dry seasoning is great in providing heat, there’s nothing beyond that. With unpleasant spice lingering in the corners of your mouth, this chicken wing, could leave many quite unsatisfied.

12) Mango Habanero

Mango Habanero seems like it would have the potential to taste mouth-watering. However the combination of sweet and intense heat doesn’t work so well, especially when the sweetness is almost sugar-like before the overpowering spice crashes into your mouth. Lack of balance in flavours is always a downfall.

Wingstop Halal

Amongst the Wingstop restaurants that had been spread in various parts of the world, most American Wingstop restaurants are halal certified, with chicken that has been approved and stamped, so that those following a halal diet can come and eat as they please.

FAQ’s

Is All Wingstop Halal?

Wingstop does serve halal food, with the owner of the restaurant claiming that everything is halal, although Wingstop London is not halal certified.

Who Owns Wingstop Chicken?

Rick Ross owns 25 Wingstop franchises.

Is Nandos Halal?

The halal chicken served in Nandos varies, depending on the area or shop you pick to eat at. Some are halal certified whilst others aren’t.

What Oil do Wingstop Use?

Wingstop uses soy oil for frying.